Welcome to the National Railway Museum in York, where you can explore the past, present and future of the railways.
Home to iconic locomotives and beautiful collections, you can wander through halls and explore the stories, places and engineering marvels behind the railways. See world-changing inventions like Rocket and the Japanese Bullet Train. Admire the splendour of royal travel including Queen Victoria’s ‘palace on wheels’ and stand face-to-face with the world’s fastest steam locomotive, Mallard.
Museum admission is free and you can save time on arrival by booking in advance.
We're proud to have won a Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Award (2021) and achieved Best Family Attraction in York in the Little Vikings Awards 2022.
Please help us to keep everyone safe by wearing a face covering when indoors at the museum, unless you are exempt. Our staff also wear face coverings.
Our normal opening hours are Wednesday–Sunday, 10.00–17.00.
During school holidays we're usually open all week. We'll share information about forthcoming holidays in this section, so check back here for updates.
We recommend booking your free museum admission in advance to save time when you get here.
We're a charity and rely on donations to help us continue to share the stories of railway history. You can add a donation when booking your free tickets or when visiting the museum. You can also donate online. Thank you.
If your plans change, it's best to log in to your account online to cancel your ticket and book a new date if you want to. Alternatively, contact the booking team on 033 0058 0058 or email us at info@ScienceMuseumGroup.ac.uk to exchange or return your ticket. Our phone lines can get very busy so please bear with us.
Food and drink
We have cafés in Great Hall and Station Hall serving delicious meals, snacks, cakes and drinks.
Great Hall café is open 10.00–16.30. Station Hall café is open 10.00–15.00.
For a more indulgent experience, book a table for afternoon tea at Countess of York.
Browse our extensive range of railway gifts, memorabilia, models and more at our shops—located by the main entrance—or explore our online selection.
Facilities and accessibility
Everything you need to know about accessibility and facilities at the National Railway Museum.